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The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended...
The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended...
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  • The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended when he aids two human children in their escape from an oppressive governing power.

    Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Adam Gidwitz.

    Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him.

    He is a gentle creature who looks like a giant cockroach. This extraordinary human wants to prove his goodness, so he opens his door to two SilverSeed children in search of a place to hide.

    Instantly, Maximillian's quiet, solitary life changes. There are dangerous powers after them and they have eyes everywhere. But in this gray city of Hope trapped under the Orb, is escape even possible?

    Maximillian Fly is a masterful story brimming with suspense, plot twists, and phenomenal world building. This compelling novel delves into family dynamics and themes of prejudice, making the case for tolerance, empathy, and understanding.

    * Junior Library Guild Selection * Kids' Indie Next List * New York Public Library Best Books of 2019 Selection * 2020 LITA Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Book: The Eleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books List *

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  • ANGIE SAGE was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She loves the sea, spooky old houses, and time traveling (the easy way, by reading history books). Angie has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in England. Visit her online at www.angiesage.com and on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Driving rock music sets the scene for this gripping audiobook set in a bleak dystopian world. Maximillian Fly looks like a human-sized cockroach, but his gentle voice reflects his sensitive nature. When he harbors two children who are running from the oppressive government forces that killed their parents, his quiet life takes an adventurous turn. All the narrators in the ensemble cast contribute to the richness of the story's characters. Kaitlin sounds tough and street-smart, and her younger brother sounds terrified and confused. The full cast also helps listeners keep track of the story's different perspectives and has the fascinating effect of letting listeners hear Maximillian's voice the tinny, robotic way that humans hear it, in contrast to the way he hears himself. S.C. ´┐Ż AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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    Starred review from August 1, 2019
    Grades 5-7 *Starred Review* In an unusually dark and brutal outing, the creator of the Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie series sets a persecuted family and friends?some of whom have been genetically altered into big flying insects disparagingly known as Roaches?in a dismal dystopian town called Hope that has huddled under a force field since a contagion swept Earth generations before. Nearly all the major characters take narrator or point-of-view turns, but Maximillian, a young bug damaged in both body and spirit after being brought up by a toxic mother sets the mood: Roach and Wingless alike, we are all prisoners of Hope. Sage exploits both sides of this double entendre by pulling out an improbably happy ending from a tale in which blood, vomit, poisons, cruelty both physical and psychological, wanton destruction, terror, torture, a parental rift that has deepened into psychotic hatred (on one side, anyway), and a barely averted mass killing of children all feature. Shaken readers, at least those of an analytical bent, will appreciate the author's dexterity, as well as the way she uses mistaken, misunderstood, or misconstrued incidents as an ongoing motif. On a deeper, less technical level, watching Maximillian escape the influence of his demonic mother to rediscover loving connections with a long sundered and unusually diverse four- and six- (or in his case, five-) limbed circle give the tale a sweet aftertaste.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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